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[fik-si-tee] /ˈfɪk sɪ ti/
noun, plural fixities for 2.
the state or quality of being fixed; stability; permanence.
something fixed, stable, or permanent.
Origin of fixity
From the New Latin word fixitās, dating back to 1660-70. See fix, -ity
Related forms
unfixity, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There are two ways in which a language may attain permanence or fixity.

    Cratylus Plato
  • I responded to his words and to the fixity of his gaze by silence.

    The Romance Of Giovanni Calvotti David Christie Murray
  • “It is all tomfoolery,” John answered with fixity of 139 purpose.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • Esthetic imagination,contrasted to mechanical, 264;fixity of, 264.

  • Thus it happened that the fixity of his gaze was intensified.

    Tales of Fantasy and Fact Brander Matthews
  • The persistence and fixity of the phenomenon excluded any idea of hallucination.

  • He had no fixity of purpose, no anchor of righteousness that held him.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • You have your mother's sweet disposition, and also I think my fixity of purpose.

    A Romantic Young Lady

    Robert Grant
  • He had a fixity of purpose; not too much purpose, but so fixed.


    John Galsworthy
  • But to my mind there is no fixity, no absolute truth in any form of religious dogma.

    Notes on Islam Ahmed Hussain
British Dictionary definitions for fixity


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being fixed; stability
something that is fixed; a fixture
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fixity

1660s in physics; general use from 1791; see fix + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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